Body of child born to mentally challenged woman exhumed for DNA paternity test
By: Sheikh Anees
GANDERBAL: The body of a newborn who died after being delivered in the open by a mentally challenged woman has been exhumed from Kullan village of cenCent Kashmir’s Ganderbal for DNA samples for investigations into paternity of the infant, an official said.
The baby was delivered by the mentally challenged woman in Kullan area a small village in Central Kashmir on November 20.
Reports said that he didn’t survive and was buried by locals in the graveyard in the area.
Taking suo-motu cognizance of the incident, the J&K High Court has directed police to ensure that those who raped the mentally challenged woman are brought to book.
The exhumation was carried out in presence of Sub-District Magistrate Kangan, Mehrajudin Shah, SDPO Kangan, Tehsildar Gund, SHO Gund, SHO Kangan, Block Medical Officar Kangan, and a team of doctors from SKIMS MCH Bemina Hospital who collected DNA sample from the exhumed body.
“We exhumed the body on directions of J&K High Court to collect a sample for DNA paternity test to identify the person who sexually abused and impregnated the mentally retarded woman,” an official told.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar had ordered the exhumation on December 24.
The court passed the order after perusing a detailed inquiry report submitted by Swayam Prakash Pani (IPS), Inspector General of Police Kashmir.
The body was later buried again in the same graveyard in presence of all officials and local witnesses.